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Zoroastrians in BritainThe Ratanbai Katrak Lectures: University of Oxford 1985$
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John R. Hinnells

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198261933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198261933.001.0001

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British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion

British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion

(p.227) 6 British Zoroastrians Approaching the Third Millennium: The Community and the Religion
Zoroastrians in Britain

John R. Hinnells

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines how the diversity within the Zoroastrian community was reflected within its religious life as it approached the third millennium. It is based on three main resources: a survey questionnaire circulated in 1985; 232 in-depth interviews conducted by a research assistant, Dr. Rashna Writer, with some help from Ms. Shirin Patel in 1986–7; and close personal contact with London Zoroastrians for over twenty-three years. The general aim behind the survey and the interviews was to identify the patterns of community ties and religious practice among the following sections: youth compared with elders; male compared with female; different educational groups and others. For the great majority, religion is it not simply a question of beliefs and practices associated with God, but also encompasses community ties and individual identity. Two-thirds of respondents wanted to link religion and race.

Keywords:   religion, intermarriage, British Zoroastrians, Rashna Writer, London Zoroastrians, gender issues, religious practice

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